The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the government may not refuse to register potentially offensive names, a law denying protection to disparaging trademarks, the court said, violated the First Amendment. Although the decision was unanimous, the reasoning behind why was divided by the justices. “The Supreme Court vindicated the team’s position that the First Amendment blocks the government from denying or canceling a trademark registration based on the government’s opinion,” a lawyer for the Redskins said.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday announced that it will consider whether gerrymandering, the process of redrawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another, is unconstitutional. The new case is the result of an appeal of the decision that ruled the legislative map of the Wisconsin State Assembly unconstitutional after its control has been passed to Republicans in 2010. The issue is to be briefed and argued during the Supreme Court term which will begin in October.
Five Michigan officials have been charged, including the head of the state’s health department for involuntary manslaughter after an 85 year old man, Robert Skidmore, died due to the Legionnaire’s disease in Flint, Michigan. Despite outbreaks of cases of the disease in 2014 and 2015, no warnings were issued until early 2016. Prosecutors have concluded that Mr. Skidmore and 11 others who perished due to the water, were a product of involuntary manslaughter.
New Orleans has removed its third confederate statue yesterday after a vote which passed in 2015 to have The Beauregard, a 102-year-old statue removed. It took 6 hours to uproot the statue, during that time crowds were gathered to either sing or bicker about the removal. Over the past month, two other statues have been removed leaving one more yet to be taken down in the near future.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued tougher sentences be carried out, including mandatory minimum sentences, in his first step on his war on drugs. He hopes to bring back the war on drugs from the 1970s and 1980s, which led to overcrowding in US prisons. He is rolling back the Obama administration to ease penalties on nonviolent drug-related offenses, which he announced on Friday.